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5 things to do with kids in Tampa Bay this week: March 15-21

Wish happy birthday to a 350-pound orangutan, hunt for Easter eggs or check out the stars with the help of MOSI’s telescopes.
A new exhibit about a Booker T. Washington speech delivered in Tampa in 1912 is the subject of an exhibit at the Henry B. Plant Museum about an overlooked chapter in Tampa history.
A new exhibit about a Booker T. Washington speech delivered in Tampa in 1912 is the subject of an exhibit at the Henry B. Plant Museum about an overlooked chapter in Tampa history. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Mar. 15
Updated Mar. 15

1. When the Train Comes Along: This new exhibit, which opens Friday, focuses on Booker T. Washington’s visit at the Tampa Bay Casino and explores the significance and impact of his 1912 address in Tampa — a mostly forgotten chapter of local history. Washington, an educator and advocate who dined with President Theodore Roosevelt in the White House, was one of the most famous men in the country at the time. The exhibit includes 19th and early-20th century objects, sound recordings, photographs, maps and more. Friday through Dec. 23. $10, $7 seniors/students, $5 children age 5-12. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-254-1891. plantmuseum.com.

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2. Jelly Bean Fling: The Pioneer Florida Museum, on 6 acres of space — enough to allow for ample social distancing — is holding a spring festival with vendors, live entertainment and an egg hunt for children 13 and younger. Have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny and enjoy face painting, the Spheres Bubble Magic Show (as seen on America’s Got Talent), games, a bounce house and slide, games, pony rides and a petting zoo. All museum buildings will be open, including the model train room, and there will be blacksmith demonstrations and more at the mostly outdoor event. $5, free for age 5 and younger. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. 352-567-0262. pioneerfloridamuseum.org.

A bell used to summon schoolchildren remains outside the Lacoochee School Exhibit at the Pioneer Florida Museum. The Dade City museum is holding a spring festival, Jelly Bean Fling, on Saturday.
A bell used to summon schoolchildren remains outside the Lacoochee School Exhibit at the Pioneer Florida Museum. The Dade City museum is holding a spring festival, Jelly Bean Fling, on Saturday. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

3. Pongo’s 25th Birthday Party: Join the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary to wish Pongo the orangutan a happy 25th birthday. Cake will be served at 1 p.m. and there will be children’s activities. Pongo, a male, was born on March 3, 1996. He came to the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in February 2009 from a zoo in South Carolina when he was a teenager. He now has his cheek pads, which are unique to males, and weighs about 350 pounds. The sanctuary says he loves to greet and entertain visitors. Admission is $15, $10 age 3-10, free for age 2 and younger. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, 4600 Alt. U.S. 19, Palm Harbor. 727-943-5897. suncoastprimates.com.

Guests can celebrate Pongo's 25th birthday at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor on Saturday.
Guests can celebrate Pongo's 25th birthday at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor on Saturday. [ SUNCOAST PRIMATE SANCTUARY ]

4. Walk Thru Easter Egg Hunt: Families are invited to travel along the outdoor Easter Egg Trail and look for large eggs, keeping track of how many they find. At the end of the trail everyone receives an Easter surprise, and you can enter a raffle to be the winner of a large prize. Free. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. St. Paul United Methodist Church Christian Enrichment Center, 1498 Highland Ave., Largo. 727-584-8165. stpaulumc.org.

This 2006 composite image provided by NASA shows thousands of stars forming in the cloud of gas and dust known as the Orion nebula, as viewed by the Hubble Space Telescope. MOSI will have its telescopes set up Saturday when Orion will be in view.
This 2006 composite image provided by NASA shows thousands of stars forming in the cloud of gas and dust known as the Orion nebula, as viewed by the Hubble Space Telescope. MOSI will have its telescopes set up Saturday when Orion will be in view. [ AP ]

5. MOSI Skywatch: The Museum of Science and Industry’s telescopes will be set up in the parking lot as astronomers explain what’s up there. “The switch to Daylight Savings will throw some for a loop, but Orion, Sirius and the Pleiades will still be visible drifting to the west after sunset,” according to MOSI’s website. Free. 8-10:30 p.m. Saturday. 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa.